We catch up with Brighton-based artist Sam Toft.
I joined in 1984 on the Business Studies with French BSc(Hons) four-year sandwich degree. After passing the first year I transferred to the Applied Social Science (labour studies) BSc(Hons).
I wanted to be near to London but not in it. I had romantic ideas of living in Surbiton and living the 'Good Life'.
I'm originally from Staffordshire and now settled in Brighton. It's where I was born to be, I'm sure of it. I fit in here.
Growing up quick.
Oh dear, what a bad memory I have. I remember their faces and could probably draw them for you! The sociology tutor who supervised my dissertation was very encouraging.
I have recently been in touch with a couple of people via Facebook, but would love to attend a reunion. Anyone know of Carolyn Crapco, or Robin Bagshaw?
I had always wanted to join a travelling circus or work in a post office. I ended up working in the civil service in Kingston. Seven hours and 12 minutes a day, flexitime. Plenty of time for dreaming.
I am an artist. My work sells well internationally, published as posters, greetings cards, calendars, limited edition prints and so on. I am happy to earn enough money to be a part-time puppeteer and aspiring short story writer, as well as living in a nice house by the sea.
Training my big dog to woof on command. The little one does the cutest high five, but the woof is impressive.
Appreciate that beautiful skin.
A lovely one man puppet show I saw at Theatre Royal last week called Alvin the Sputnik. I laughed and cried actually. Marvellous. What talented people there are in this world.
My usual weekend consists of several long walks on the South Downs with my dogs, a spot of gardening, a couple of yoga classes, relaxed time with friends involving cakes and coffee, a bit of patchwork, at least one early night and a good book. My ideal weekend would be pretty much the same, perhaps with a Sunday lunch in a lovely country pub, a few hours perusing the plants in a garden centre, and a lie in, with Matt Damon to bring me breakfast in bed.
I would love one of those Hollywood-type dogs like RinTinTin. The kind that never die and understand your every word. They keep you warm at night, protect you from beasties, laugh at your jokes and cook the dinner.
I never want to leave a book behind when I have just read it. It's like being forced to leave a dear friend. So if I'm stranded today I will have to take The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's a startling piece of writing. I'm still in it.
Lemon meringue pies and lots of E numbers. They would last a long while, save me from scurvy and preserve me from the inside out.
It would have to be the film I have seen most and never tired of, Dirty Dancing. I have a whole host of favourite films but I think that one stands most repeated watching. I was actually an usherette for a while in my youth so saw the middle section many, many times over.
I'm a fairly open kind of person and so there is nothing that my close friends could not guess about me. But acquaintances cannot believe that I can be painfully shy. I cover it well with a kind of friendly bubbliness, and push myself into difficult situations to stretch myself: performing with my puppets, teaching yoga classes, dressing up as Marilyn Monroe... I guess I'm an 'extroverted introvert'. Although part of me loves to perform and be centre stage, I'm mostly more comfortable spending my time alone. Or with a lemon meringue or two.
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